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ERIC Number: ED098044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 120
Abstractor: N/A
The Relation of Selected Student Characteristics to Understanding of Science.
Boes, Robert Joseph
Some of the purposes of this study were: (1) to determine whether the "Meaning of Science" course can make a significant contribution to college students' understanding of science, (2) to determine whether the course can promote a positive change in attitude toward science, and (3) to identify academic and non-academic characteristics related to students' achievement. The sample consisted of 32 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the "Meaning of Science" course. Data used were collected through student questionnaires, the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale, the Scientific Attitude Inventory and the National Assessment in Science for Young Adults. The criteria for achievement in the course were gain scores on the Wisconsin Inventory of Science Processes and the Test on Understanding Science, Scale III. Significance of growth on the criterion measures was determined by comparison of pretest and posttest means via t-tests for related measures. The .05 level of probability was selected. The analyses of these tests revealed a statistically significant improvement in both understanding of and attitude toward science for the students involved. (Author/EB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Iowa